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Cold Warrior

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Gender: Male
Home country: USA
Current location: London, UK
Member since: Sun Aug 24, 2014, 05:49 AM
Number of posts: 14,115

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The American Dream (Video)


Sunday Morning Preaching: Crazy Televangelists


My secret sweetie

He says there are five of us and that makes me . But then he says I was his first and that makes me . He’s my secret sweetie and it makes me so happy.

He’s my secret sweetie and he makes me feel sooo special.


25-26 posts a day over the last two weeks. Sad

DI, CU, DU all do multiple times this traffic in a day. Let’s see the excuses:

1. Cavers have much more important things to do. Yet, many prominemt Cavers post 30+ posts a day here, including a Mod. Moreover, the poster who made that statement posts here with a volume that puts the Cave to shame.

2. All the real posts are not public, but in the clubhouse (10x). Really? 250 posts in members only and Admin/Mods forums a day. Really?

3. As soon as DI dies, traffic will improve at the Cave. So, this acknowledges it’s much more interesting to post here than at the Cave?

Numbers are numbers. I know Cavers prefer to rely upon emotions rather than facts, but hey, why don’t we all join the reality based community?

Michael Palin to celebrate knighthood with glass of Horlicks

Sheffield-born star Michael Palin paid tribute to his fellow Monty Python stars as he became the first member of the revered comedy group to receive a knighthood.

The comedian, 75, is recognised in the New Year Honours for services to travel, culture and geography following his successful second career as a travel writer and television presenter.

But Palin is best known for his time in Monty Python, with which he was involved in classic television and film comedies including Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975), Life Of Brian (1979) and The Meaning Of Life (1983).

As well as TV shows and films, the surrealist group, also consisting of John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and the late Graham Chapman, produced plays, books and musicals that became staples of popular culture.


Don't Cry for Me Argentina

One of my favourite songs, sung beautifully by Karen Carpenter

Thursday Night Pub Quiz

1. How can an American legally travel to Prague and not receive a Czech passport stamp in his/her passport?

2. If an American travels to Europe for an employer that values his/her services, how does he/she get mobile telephone service?

Happy Boxing Day!

The first thing to say about Boxing Day is that its origins have nothing to do with boxing, or with putting used wrapping paper into boxes, or with boxing up all your unwanted presents, or indeed with football, horse racing, hunting, shopping, going for icy mass swims in the sea, or any of the other activities that now characterise the day after Christmas and act as an antidote to the languor that descends on households at around teatime on Christmas Day. The origins of Boxing Day lie not in sport, but in small acts of kindness.

It is generally accepted that the name derives from the giving of Christmas “boxes”, but the precise nature of those boxes and when they were first dispensed is disputed. One school of thought argues that the tradition began in churches in the Middle Ages. Parishioners collected money for the poor in alms boxes, and these were opened on the day after Christmas in honour of St Stephen, the first Christian martyr, whose feast day falls on 26 December.

Some suggest the tradition is even older than that, dating back to the Christianised late Roman empire, when similar collections were supposedly made for the poor in honour of St Stephen, but the evidence is sketchy. All we can say for certain is that at some point St Stephen’s Day became associated with public acts of charity.

It was no accident that Good King Wenceslas, who was actually a Duke of Bohemia in the 10th century, risked life and limb on a freezing winter night to feed some wretched peasant who had chosen a most inclement evening to gather winter fuel. His fabled act of generosity took place on the Feast of Stephen, on which day it was a Christian’s duty to help those less fortunate than oneself. Or, as the somewhat laboured words of the hymn have it: “Therefore Christian men be sure, / Wealth or Rank possessing, / Ye who now will bless the poor / Shall yourselves find blessing.

PLUS, there’s a full slate of Premiership matches!!! Liverpool beating Newcastle 3-nil right now with the Gunners playing next!

Stranger in a Strange Land: Drugs and Lawyers

Exodus 2:22 (KJV)
And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.

As i’ve noted previously, I am on holiday in the States for a couple of months as I need to clean up a few things, including getting a DL. As it’s my first time over a couple of weeks in the States in 9 years, it’s a bit of a culture shock. I’ll be posting about the various aspects of that — dependence on cars, plastic bags, etc.

I’ve noticed that a significant percentage of teevee commercials in the States are for the latest drug that will improve your life almost to the point of perfection. There are drugs for diabetes, drugs for RA, drugs for Crohnes disease, drugs for diseases I’ve never heard of. These commercials always end with a rapidly-spoken list of deleterious side effects that range from constipation to death.

This is in contrast to the UK where drugs are rarely advertised as the medical establishment is quite different.

However, an interesting side effect of this American tendency is the counterweight of advertisements by lawyers who want to represent you against those very same drug companies if you’ve experienced any of those side effects. So, if your toes have fallen off from taking some diabetes drug, there’s a lawyer for you! Seems like a very symbiotic, well maybe parasitic, relationship.


Happy Birthday to the Master

December 25, 1946


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